Image: Courtesy, Arsaga’s
Nature is healing.
Well. We’re not sure if that’s true or not, but Arsaga’s reopened their Fayetteville Public Library location, and that definitely seems like a step in the right direction.
The coffee shop, which has been closed since the start of the pandemic, recently reopened for business in the same location near the Mountain Street entrance of the library.
The shop got a few upgrades, including some wallpaper, some new plants, and other improvements.
“We mostly changed aesthetics, aiming to make the shop feel more warm and vital, with a sense of rejeuvenation,” Arsaga said. “We made rolling planters out of old filing cabinets to create social distancing between tables, and instead of putting a sneeze guard up on the front bar, we put potted peperomia and sweet potato plants to re-designate the self-serve space. We painted the walls and front bar, put up lush wallpaper on the back wall, and covered an unsightly outlet with a picture of a rose.”
According to Ava Arsaga, most of the menu remains the same as well, with one addition. The location now offers ice cream, made with milk from Ozark Mountain Creamery and other local ingredients.
“The ice cream menu is the most substantial menu change – we churn it fresh to order using this thing called a PacoJet,” she said. “It’s much more versatile than typical churning and allows us to be more creative with flavors, sugars, and fat balances. The ice cream we are making is closer to gelato, and the slightly decreased fat content makes the flavors really shine.”
The library location is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.